Drexel University's Main Entrance
This weekend before flying to England to perform at The Lovebox Festival, I'll be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Drexel University. This is a tradition that became common in the 16th century at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England.
An Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters is typically awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves, usually in areas related to the humanities - or to honor their contributions to society in general.
Recipients of the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters have included former presidents, authors, distinguished scholars, business leaders, and prominent entertainers. Notable recipients include former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, entertainer Bob Hope, CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, filmmaker Ken Burns, actress Meryl Streep, and poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou. I'm flattered, humbled, and honored to be in such company.
I take this award very seriously, but I've achieved what I've accomplished because I'm driven, dedicated, and disciplined. I try and keep my life in perspective and maintain a certain sense of humor about it because life is so unpredictable. With that in mind - please respectfully laugh along with today's blog post of the "Doctor Sequence" from the film Spies Like Us.
Yours truly, soon to be Dr. Nile Rodgers.
Doctor Scene with Bob Hope from Spies Like Us
Dr. Bill Clinton
Dr. George H.W. Bush
Dr. Bob Hope
Dr. Christianne Amanpour
Dr. Ken Burns
Dr. Meryl Streep
Dr. Maya Angelou
Drexel's got one of the greatest analog tape storage facilities I've ever seen. "Dr. Love" by First Choice is here!
I was born in 1952, The Year of the Dragon. Here I'm with my mom & I'm a couple months old
I was born in the year of the Dragon. One of the many Dragons in my life is in the office of the president of Drexel University
Calling Dr. Nile Rodgers!
My Speech at Studio 54. "You've got to fight, for your right, to Paaarty!"
Manchester, UK - the beginning of an amazing Disco Summer of Love
After a few planes and many hours of travel I arrived home. This past weekend of festivals was amazing! Then I looked at the jawdropping list of everyone I'm playing with over the coming months, and all of a sudden felt a wave of excitement for what is to be CHIC's biggest Disco Summer of Love!
Keep refreshing the page today as I'll be on a few flights home. Enjoy the music spun by DJ D.
I'm currently in Manchester after yet another insane travel debacle. But I'm driven to do what I do. I can't help myself, I love music - so much so - that when I listen to Grace Jone's "Slave To The Rhythm" I'm often moved to tears, because I so relate to it spiritually, professionally, and personally.
I'm on the cover of the current issue of Turks & Caicos Magazine. Many of you have never heard of this island paradise, but this is where I go whenever I can, to put some order into my life.
The article is longer than the blog so I'm going to roll it out over the next three days. It will give you some insight as to how I work and frankly survive. And now many of my show business friends and colleagues are starting to discover my Home Away From Home.
Amanda Sheppard and my long time friend and major CHIC influencer Bryan Ferry were married at Amanyara
Yesterday we played the Parklife Festival in Manchester, England
Yesterday we played the Parklife Festival in Manchester, England. It was freezing, rainy, and wonderful. We were joined by legendary guitarist Johnny Marr of the famed band The Smiths (and Electronic, The The and others).
Johnny and I have become great friends. He's named his son Nile, after me, and the other Nile's a pretty damned fine guitarist too, and Johnny gave me one of his signature Fender Jaguars the night before.
I don't know how to explain Manchester to people who've never been here, but for a freezing rainy city, the people are warm and charming - and they're serious music fans. When I stepped onto the stage to take a few photos before our set I was greeted by massive sea of humanity, all ready to get their groove on.
We only played half of our two hour show because there were many acts on the bill and we're never disrespectful of other acts. We're all in this together and it's the audience that counts. But around forty-minutes into our show my body was finally starting to warm up. And when we performed "Le Freak," I was Ready to Play My A$$ Off.
Sport video at Parklife shot by John Ryan
Johnny and I have become great friends
Johnny gave me one of his signature Fender Jaguars the night before
I don't know how to explain Manchester to people who've never been here, but for a freezing, rainy city, the people are warm and charming
I stepped onto the stage to take a few photos before our set I was greeted by massive sea of humanity, all ready to get their groove on
Folami, Kim, me, and even our driver arrive in coordinated colors
The CHIC Horns - Steve Jankowski and Bill Holloman
We're all in this together and it's the audience that counts
But around forty-minutes into our show my body was finally starting to warm up
Johnny Marr playing my Fender Custom Shop Hitmaker Strat, me, and Jerry Barnes on "Le Freak."
Heading out to the UK for a string of festivals! Enjoy the tunes.
THE PARKLIFE WEEKENDER - Saturday June 9, 2012 :: INFO
ROCKNESS - Sunday June 10, 2012 :: INFO
Loch Ness, Scotland
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert
Bernard Edwards, my long time partner, peeked out from behind the curtain at the sellout crowd in Tokyo's Budokan. "Look at that," he said to me right before we took the stage. "We did it. They didn't come to see us, they came to hear our music." That would be my last concert with him. After that show he went back to his hotel room and died on the sofa. His words were prophetically correct. We had done what we'd set out to do.
Our dream was never to become stars, our dream was to have our music heard. That's every composer's dream. Anywhere I go on this planet, I can anonymously sit and watch the world listen to my music. And if I'm on stage and I say, "One, Two, Awww," the audience instinctively responds "Freak Out!" They don't know me, but They Know The Song.
The composition "We Are Family" that we wrote for the group Sister Sledge, has been a part of every U.S. president's campaign and victory parties since the 80's. President Nelson Mandela knows The Song and last night I watched Britain's Royal family bop their heads to it. That in and of itself would be cool, but what's really cool is you can tell They Know The Song.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - "We Are Family"
After my late exercise workout I had a quick business meeting
Yesterday, I worked through the night and I didn't do my exercise until later in the day. This gave me the rare opportunity to interact with my neighbors. Not just the humans - the animals too. I love all living things and we share this earth together. Since being attacked by cancer I have a different perspective on the Cycle of Life and death.
Without going through a bunch of high-school science chatter about the earth's microscopic changes from natural abundance and what "we" used to call atomic weight now called relative atomic mass - the earth is referred to as a closed ecosystem because basically things don't naturally escape nor enter it. In the most general terms, "What happens on earth stays on earth." Our planet nourishes the organisms that occupy it.
Here's my camera capturing a little of the The Cycle of Life Around Me.
When I returned home I changed clothes and went to do some work on the dock
This gave me the rare opportunity to interact with my neighbors. This is the third group of kids I've watched grow up since I've moved here. I love them all!
All living things share this earth together and this family of birds built a nest under my dock, thus sharing it with me
Here's a great shot of both parents, one tending to the young and the other trying to scare me away
Once they realized I wasn't a threat they decided to join each other to watch-out for other possible dangers to their nestlings
Hooking up for guard duty
Don't mess with our nest - not even you Nile!
The mole is an SI unit which measures the number of particles in a specific substance. "What happens on earth stays on earth."
Here's a very large bird about to grab a nice sized fish
As I loudly ran back up my dock I startled this family of ducks that were also nesting but underneath my boardwalk
When I got to the top of my boat ramp a mother jumped out to scare me off - I'm positive I'd gotten too close to her nest because she flew towards me several times
Since being attacked by cancer I have a different perspective on the Cycle of Life and death
There was a bed of at least 300 mussels next to my boat ramp
These birds were having an All-You-Can-Eat feast - Our planet nourishes the organisms that occupy it
The Cycle of Life Around Me
My first meal after cancer surgery - I had a great fear of the unknown and started the blog a few days later
I originally started this blog because of fear of the unknown. During the course of writing over 480 blogs I've heard more stories about death and disease than I could've imagined. Most come to me personally and they've inspired me to live life to the fullest.
Two days ago, I went to my primary care doctor and all my blood-tests results came back perfect. I asked, "Is there anything I can do to improve?" - I was told, "No, the numbers are as good as they can possibly be." However, that's exactly what I was told nineteen months ago, a few days before another doctor informed me that a very aggressive cancer had attacked me. But now I only worry about cancer every ninety-days - when I get checked to see if cancer has re-invaded my body.
My new focus is on improving and sustaining my quality of life for as long as possible. I feel great but I can be in better shape - so today I started a longer exercise routine. This new routine eats up much more time and I may not be able to get a new blog out every morning at 4:50 AM.
If you don't see the blog post change at 4:50 AM don't be alarmed - I'm okay, I'm just working out! The blog will change at a later time. Please check throughout the day. I've been putting this exercise routine off for a long time but I know it's something I need to do. Something I've got to Try Before I Die.
I'm inspired to live life to the fullest
All my blood-test results came back perfect
My new focus is on improving and sustaining my quality of life for as long as possible
I did cardio today
I walked on a steep incline today
I'm swam in my turbulence pool today as part of my workout
We pulled the boat out of the water today - but of course that won't be everyday
After today's longer workout I cooled off in the backyard. It was time consuming and hard but I know I can get back into shape
Some of the most beautiful people, both inside and out - Just think, in Curacao this lovely girl is a stage hand - Ouch!
A couple of weeks ago we were in Curacao, and the shows and the crowd were so amazing we didn't want it to end. They have some of the most beautiful people there, on both the inside and out.
While we were playing "Le Freak" I saw this amazing crowd that had gathered and were having a synchronized dance party in the middle of about thirty-thousand people. I was so impressed I had to have security get them and bring them up on stage for the finale - "Good Times."
In the end, there were so many people partying with us they almost Made The Stage Collapse.
NILE RODGERS & CHIC :: "Good Times" LIVE in Curacao 5-17-2012
We were on fire
While we were playing "Le Freak" I saw this amazing crowd that had gathered and were having a synchronized dance party in the middle of about thirty-thousand people
Carl Carter's first time playing bass with CHIC - Here he's locking down "Good Times" while I kick a little "Rapper's Delight"
My best friend in Curacao is named Rena. She took me to the doctor the first time I visited the island and I could see her in that huge crowd
My left eye had swollen shut - It was the night Donna Summer passed away and I'd shed a few tears
Feeling the funk in Curacao
Starting solo guitar "Le Freak" intro
Folami with me and Kim on the Jumbotron